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Gathering of Kindness Online 2021

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Gathering of Kindness 2021: Now is the time for Community 

Our sixth Gathering of Kindness events were bigger than ever.  

Recordings are now available!


Our online sessions:

Recorded session 1: International Grand Round: Kindness Around the World

This session brought together experts in Kindness from across the globe, talking about their restorative and important work. Panel was followed by a Q&A.

Guest Panelists:

Dr Bob Klaber, Consultant Paediatrician and Director of Strategy, Research and Innovation, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London; founder of A Conversation for Kindness in Health & Care.

Suzie Bailey, Director of Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund, London.

Sue Robins, Author of Bird's Eye View, and Patient Storyteller, Canada.

Facilitated by Michael West CBE, Visiting Senior Fellow, Leadership and Organisational Development, The King's Fund, Author, Compassionate Leadership.

Recorded session 2: Wellbeing Roundtable Conversation: The Self Care Conundrum 

Do you find self-care challenging, confusing or complex? You’re not alone. With so many conflicting priorities, many find it difficult to find the time and the courage to put themselves first. In this roundtable conversation, our guest speakers tackled the self-care conundrum that many health and aged care workers face. Panel was followed by a Q&A.

Guest Speakers: 

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM, Professor of Psychiatry, and Director, Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc).

Dr Lorraine Dickey, Founder and CEO of the Narrative Initiative LLC, and Gathering of Kindness USA.

Dr Kieran Allan, Psychiatry Registrar Monash Health, Melbourne and Founding Executive Member, Hand-n-Hand Peer Support.

Facilitated by Sharee Johnson, Psychologist and Executive Coach; Owner, 'Coaching for Doctors'.


Recorded session 3: The Kindness Revolution: an interview with bestselling author, Hugh Mackay

In this recorded session, Social psychologist, researcher, and bestselling author Hugh Mackay shares with us reflections from his latest book,The Kindness Revolution: How we can restore hope, rebuild trust and inspire optimism. Interview was followed by a Q&A.

Guest Speakers: 

Hugh Mackay AO FAPS, Social Psychologist, researcher and author, The Kindness Revolution.

Professor Catherine Crock AM, Chair of the Hush Foundation, Physician at the Royal Children's Hospital. 



Recorded session 4: We need to talk about us:  A Medical Perspective 

Enjoy a panel of vibrant and vital perspectives in healthcare, discussing the difficulties our doctors-in-training and medical students are facing in the current healthcare climate and how change might happen. Panel was followed by a Q&A

Guest Panelists:

Dr Benjamin Veness, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Registrar, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Sophie Keen, Outgoing President, Australian Medical Students' Association.

Dr Caitlin Weston, Non-Executive Director, Doctors Health Service Pty Ltd, GP Registrar, GP Sydney.

Facilitated by Eric Levi, Specialist Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne and Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne


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